The proposed alliance between the two national flag carriers and Star Alliance partners would see Air China operate a new direct Beijing-Auckland service, in addition to Air New Zealand continuing its existing Shanghai-Auckland service.

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The New Zealand Minister of Transport has approved Air New Zealand’s proposed alliance with Singapore Airlines. This clearance represents the New Zealand regulatory approval needed for Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand to proceed in creating the alliance.

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The CEOs of all Star Alliance member airlines have unanimously approved Air India becoming a member of the alliance, with effect from July 11.

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TAM and US Airways significantly expand the oneworld alliance in many key areas. Together, they increase the number of passengers carried annually across the alliance network by a third, adding another 120 million customers a year.

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SriLankan Airlines is to be inducted as a full member of oneworld with effect from Thursday 1 May – as the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to become part of any global airline alliance.

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US Airways will join the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014, as a result of the December 9 completion of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines. All of US Airways’ regional-airline affiliates, operating under the US Airways Express brand, will also transition to oneworld at the same time.

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Once Finnair joins the transatlantic joint business later this year, customers in North America and Europe will have increased choice of flights and services as well as more convenient connections to flights across the Atlantic, according to Helsinki-based Finnair.

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LATAM Airlines Group has confirmed that oneworld is to be the global alliance for all its passenger airlines. The decision means that Brazil’s TAM Airlines will leave the Star Alliance to join oneworld, along with its Paraguay subsidiary.

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All board members of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. have unanimously approved a merger agreement for the two companies to combine to create what is likely to be the world’s largest airline.

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According to oneworld, Malaysia Airlines, which serves more than 60 destinations in almost 30 countries, will substantially expand the alliance’s network in Southeast Asia, which is seeing rapid economic expansion.

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London Heathrow Airport has designated its new Terminal 2 as the new facility for all 23 Star Alliance member carriers operating at the airport. When it opens in 2014, Terminal 2 will also be home to Aer Lingus flights as well as Virgin Atlantic Airways’ domestic routes.

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At a ceremony held at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport on November 29, Mark Schwab, the CEO of Star Alliance, welcomed Shenzhen Airlines into the alliance on behalf on the alliance’s Chief Executive Board.

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China’s Xiamen Airlines has become the 19th member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance and the fourth SkyTeam member from the Greater China region.

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The national airline of Malaysia has received clearance to become a full member of oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Qantas Airways, which is sponsoring Malaysia Airlines’ entry into the alliance, with the oneworld central team.

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Delta Air Lines plans to expand its international service and customer enhancements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, offering benefits to its own and Alaska Airlines’ customers as a result of the alliance between the two carriers.

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Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker says the airline will add more U.S. destinations to its network as a result of becoming a member-elect of the oneworld alliance.

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Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines have been inducted into the Star Alliance, cementing the alliance’s presence in Latin America and adding nearly 50 more airports to its network.

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The carriers expect the partnership to lead to growth in existing air services between Singapore and Scandinavia, and, subject to market conditions at the appropriate time, pave the way for a new route between Singapore and Stockholm.

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Star Alliance’s Chief Executive Board has unanimously accepted the membership application of Taiwanese carrier EVA Air, which is expected to join the alliance in mid-2013.

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